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    breaking strength

    i picked up some braided polycord from homedepot and it has a breaking strength of 50lbs. i was thinking of using it to replace the cord that is in my gathered end hammock. i'll be doubling it up. do you think it'll hold? i don't weigh much. i feel like it should since it's braided...but who knows. if not...then i have some good cord for something.

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    also, i plan on attaching some descender rings with it(if you guys think it'll hold) to my other hammock that has a fixed loop at the end as part of the hammock. it's a Grand Trunk roatan if you want to see what i'm the fixed loop thingy.

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    not sure if the picture will work, but this is the best i could find.

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    Yes, each leg has that breaking strength. Those concerned with safety would insist on a factor of 11-15. So you would be at 6 to 9 lbs per leg.

    In short: Return it and go to a boating supply store for just the amount of 1500lb breaking strength you need. There are no bargains here: strength is proportional to mass and so is price.

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    Take it back & get a couple of whoopie slings. About the same weight & 1600 lbs of strength. Cost is about $15 or $20, plus they're way more adjustable!

    Even with the type of hammock that you show, you can do a whip around the end & it'll work.

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    alright. well i'm going to keep it because i'm sure it'll be good stuff to have around the house for whatever. maybe even as a line for my tarp? but whoopie slings it'll be.

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    There is a single braid hollow 1/2 polypropelene utility rope from Samson that is inexpensive, easy to splice and cheap, < $.45 / foot that would be fun with that hammock. You really want, for safety something with a breaking strength of about 1500 lb, which in turn may get assigned maximum load (for non weight bearing) of 1/5 that, 300lb.

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    Is it this rope?

    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ec...&storeId=10051

    $2.98 for a 75 ft. length is a great price. I bought a few of these.

    It's fine for a tarp ridgeline. Not too stretchy, but I moved onto 1.75 mm Zing-It, which is not that expensive at $25 to $30 for 180 ft. roll. Some vendors sell it by the foot if you just want to get a 30 or 40 ft. ridgeline.

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    If that is the line, OP confused breaking strength with working strength. Like so much rope from Home Depot and similar, this stuff is a dogs breakfast, recycle who-knows-what, as the specs say. But, it floats, doesn't absorb water, and can be used to tie up captured burglars securely...... with multiple wraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkautzman89 View Post
    i picked up some braided polycord from homedepot and it has a breaking strength of 50lbs. i was thinking of using it to replace the cord that is in my gathered end hammock. i'll be doubling it up. do you think it'll hold? i don't weigh much. i feel like it should since it's braided...but who knows. if not...then i have some good cord for something.
    It would work for tying in the gathered end if you are doing a larkshead with something else. If you are using it as a loop with a descender ring it is too weak.

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